Social responsiveness and environmental sustainability featured highly in the seventh edition of Berger Award for Excellence in Architecture, a program conceived to recognize the architects for their outstanding projects across the country.

Announced on 7 December at International Convention Center Basundhara (ICCB), the 2015 Berger Awards were rewarded to 8 winners out of 61 submissions in 5 different categories: Single Family Residence, Multi Family Residence, Commercial, Industrial and Others. In addition, there was one more category entitled Young Architects’ Award. Handpicked by an esteemed Jury board featuring Ar. Palinda Kannangara (Srilanka), Ar. Mubasshar Hussein, Ar. Kazi Khaleed Ashraf and  Ar. Mustafa Khalid Palash, the winning entries of diverse scale and settings are indeed a testament to the emerging architectural practices in Bangladesh.

In Single Family Residence category, Ar. Lufullahil Majid. was awarded for his project- Vacation House in Rampal, Khulna. Ar. Jalal Ahmed and Ar. Mohammad Shahnawaz received the commendation award in the same category for Subornodighi, Sreepur project.

In the Multi Family Residence category, Ar. Jalal Ahmed and Ar. Rezaul Kabir won the award for Disappearing Lands: Supporting Communities Affected by River Erosion Project at Charitabari Village, Sundergonj, Gaibandha.

Ar. Md. Jubair Hasan was awarded as the winner in the Industrial category for Loom Shed for Amber Denim at Rajendrapur, Gazipur. On behalf of DWM4 architects  Ar. Mahmudul Anwar Riyaad and Ar. Mamnoon M Chowdhury received the award for Bay Edge Water at Gulshan 2, Dhaka in the Commercial category. There were two winners for the Others category: Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) at Farmgate, Dhaka by Vitti Sthapati Brindo Ltd. and Peda Ting Ting Gallery Cafe at Gulshan, by Ar. Nazmul Haque Sarker. In the Young Architects’ Award category, Ar. Sharif Jahir Hossain was awarded for Ashaloy at Betua, Bhuapur, Tangail.

Eminent architects, EC members of IAB and senior officials from Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited were present on this occasion. The event wrapped up with a musical program by famous band Joler Gaan followed by dinner.

SUBORNODIGHI_Commendation ( Single Family Residence) I Ar. Jalal Ahmed Ar. Mohammad Shahnawaz Ar. Nabila Binte Nasir
SUBORNODIGHI_Commendation ( Single Family Residence) | Ar. Jalal Ahmed, Ar. Mohammad Shahnawaz, Ar. Nabila Binte Nasir

 

DISAPPEARING LANDS_ Winner ( Multifamily) | Ar. Jalal Ahmed and Ar. Rezaul Kabir
DISAPPEARING LANDS_ Winner ( Multifamily) | Ar. Jalal Ahmed and Ar. Rezaul Kabir

 

edge water_DWm4 Architects
BAY EDGE WATER_Winner ( Commercial ) | DWm4 Architects

 

loom shed_Ar. Md. Jubair Hasan
LOOM SHED FOR AMBER DENIM_ Winner ( Industrial) | Ar. Md. Jubair Hasan

 

KIB_Vitti Sthapati Brindo Ltd.
KRISHIBID INSTITUTION BANGLADESH (KIB) _ Co- Winner ( Other) | Vitti Sthapati Brindo Ltd

 

Luminiferous stance | photo credit: Nazmul Nayeem
PEDA TING TING GALLERY CAFE _ Co- Winner ( Other) | Ar. Nazmul Haque Sarker

 

ASHALOY_ Winner ( Young Architects ) | Ar. Sharif Jahir Hossain
ASHALOY_ Winner ( Young Architects ) | Ar. Sharif Jahir Hossain

 

Other nominated entries:

Category: Single family residence

Vacation House “Jolchobi” – Ar. Farzana Tymus

Faridur Reza Sagor Residence- Ar. Abdullah Yousuf Imam

Category: Multi Family Residence

Bloomsbury Heights- DWm4 Architects

Ventura Rosabella – Ar. Rashed Iqbal, Ar. Faisal Ahmed, Ar. Anwar Sadat

Category: Commercial

Shadhinota Tower – Ar. S M Nazimuddin Payel

Ventura Iconia – Ar. Rashed Iqbal , Ar. Faisal Ahmed , Ar. Anwar Sadat

Category: Industrial Project

Habitus- Ar. Naim Ahmed Kibria, Ar. Syed Mahmud Hossain, Ar. Asia Karim

Genesis Fashions Ltd.- Ar. Abdullah Yousuf Imam, Ar. Alimul Reza

Category: Others

Mukti Shangram Jadughar- Ar. Nahas Ahmed Khalil

Liberation War Monument at Sub sector 01 of 11th Sector- Ar. Rajon Das